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#41 willoyd

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:00 PM

It threw me at first hearing......"he's gone to hospital", instead of "he's gone to the hospital".  We, Americans, always insert the "the" naturally. 

Also "pissed" over here means angry, not drunk.

 

In the UK, "He's gone to the hospital" would mean that he has gone to a specific hospital, but not necessarily for treatment  (indeed, a logical response to the statement wculd be "Why?", as in has he gone for treatment, or for another reason?  He might even be a doctor or nurse off to provide treatment!)..  'To hospital' means that someone has gone for hospital based treatment, without defining precisely which hospital they've gone too. 

 

If you add "off", as in "I'm pissed off", then it can mean angry over here too, in a fed up sort of way!



#42 Anna Faversham

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:57 PM

Willoyd, you've put it exactly as I think it should be explained, but so much better than I would have done.



#43 Sazed

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 07:14 PM

I don't know about everyone, but in our age group, we use pissed (or pissy) as a synonym of annoyed or angry in the UK as well =)



#44 theultimateredemption

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:18 AM

What bothers me the most is spell check on my computer. My spell check will automatically correct spelling to only American English, even if I meant to type the British spelling. 



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 10:56 AM

What bothers me the most is spell check on my computer. My spell check will automatically correct spelling to only American English, even if I meant to type the British spelling. 

 

What word processor do you use? Have you set the language to British English (some come with the default of American English).?

 

I use Microsoft Word, which is set, under File > Options > Language to 'English (UK)', and American spellings (like 'traveled') are picked up as errors.



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 12:50 PM

What word processor do you use? Have you set the language to British English (some come with the default of American English).?

 

I use Microsoft Word, which is set, under File > Options > Language to 'English (UK)', and American spellings (like 'traveled') are picked up as errors.

Ah, thank you! (Sorry, I'm sort of clueless about computers.)



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:50 PM

Yes mine picks up US spellings as well, but I just ignore it, I know I'm right!



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Posted 23 March 2017 - 07:59 AM

It threw me at first hearing......"he's gone to hospital", instead of "he's gone to the hospital". We, Americans, always insert the "the" naturally.


Yet you miss out the 'and' when saying numbers like "three hundred and six"! :giggle2:

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Posted 23 March 2017 - 09:10 AM

Ah, thank you! (Sorry, I'm sort of clueless about computers.)

 

There's a big club of us like that!






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